Megan Rapinoe Praises Her Fiancée Sue Bird for Serving as the Team USA Flag Bearer

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Photo credit: Neilson Barnard/KCASports2019 - Getty Images
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Olympian Megan Rapinoe is so proud of her Olympian fiancée, Sue Bird.

The soccer star gushed over her WNBA player fiancée after Bird was chosen to carry the flag for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony. During the NBC broadcast of the opening ceremony, Rapinoe, 36, said that she "couldn't be prouder and happier" when she found out the news, per People.

"She told me on text, she heard at practice. In typical Sue fashion she was very low-key about it but I did see the video when [Diana Taurasi] told her and I think that says it all, unlike me she doesn't like a lot of the attention but I think you could tell in that moment just how much it meant to her," she said.

Bird, 40, and baseball player Eddy Alvarez were chosen as the flag bearers during Friday's parade of nations, with Bird receiving the honor during her final Olympic games. In an interview with Today, Bird said that it meant a lot that her peers chose her to represent Team USA.

"I think that's the best part, to be honest, to have your peers be the one to kind of see your career and pick you to be the one to lead us in," she said.

Rapinoe and the rest of the U.S. women's national soccer team were unable to take part in the ceremony due to their practice schedule, but she was able to show love for her partner during NBC's broadcast.

"Obviously, she's a five-time Olympian going for her fifth gold medal, I get to see just how much that means to her and how much she puts into it. I know this means the world to her and I couldn't be prouder and happier. And I feel I get to share in it even though I'm not deserving enough to be the flag bearer," Rapinoe said.

Rapinoe and Bird started dating in 2016 after meeting at the Rio Olympics, and got engaged in October 2020. In Rapinoe's June/July 2021 cover story, Bird told Harper's Bazaar that the couple are considering a weeklong wedding to stretch out the celebration with their loved ones. “One thing that sports taught both of us is, when you have big moments, like a championship win, once that moment’s over, you can’t re-create that energy,” said Bird.

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